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Caipirinha

By Adam Hinton

Ingredients

50ml Cachaça

20ml Sugar Syrup

4-6 Lime Wedges

ime Wedge to Garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

134 Calories

Allergens:

No common allergens to be found, although, since every body is different, we advise you check out this recipe's ingredients list just to be sure!

Servings:

Serves 1

The classic Brazillian cocktail, the Caipirinha is grassy, herbaceous and heady, tart from the lime and just a touch sour, but balanced with the sweetness of the sugar and the cachaça.

Ingredients

50ml Cachaça

20ml Sugar Syrup

4-6 Lime Wedges

ime Wedge to Garnish

Method

Take your rocks glass or highball, and add the lime wedges and sugar syrup to the glass.

Muddle thoroughly using your muddler.

Fill your glass ¾ of the way with crushed ice and, using your jigger to measure, add the cachaça.

Cover the top of your glass with your hand and use your bar spoon to stir the drink. Churn to mix ingredients for 10-15 seconds.

Top with a pile of crushed ice and form into a dome with your hand, and garnish with a lime wedge.

Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Muddler
Jigger/Measure
Bar Spoon
Crushed Ice

History

Originally a drink for the working class of Brazil, this cocktail has now gained international popularity. The base spirit is cachaça, which is made from sugarcane as opposed to Rum which is made with molasses. cachaça can be very harsh and so was mixed with lime and sugar to mask the taste.

Nowadays different fruits are also commonly added to make variations on the classic Caipirinha, a blend of cachaça, lime and sugar. A caipirinha is zingy, bright and fresh with raw flavours of the sugarcane spirit. The cocktail has a special place in the summer months, after all this is a Brazilian drink.The Caipirinha is best enjoyed in the afternoon when the sun is hot.

The best known history of the Caipirinha comes from Sao Paolo, Brazil from as early as 1918, when lemon, honey and garlic were given to patients suffering from Spanish Flu. Cachaça was already commonly being made by the peasants of the city, and so was probably added to the drink. Adding alcohol to home remedies is common as it has a therapeutic effect. Gradually the honey and garlic were removed and sugar was put in as replacement to balance the sharpness of the lime.

Originally a drink for the working class of Brazil, this cocktail has now gained international popularity. The base spirit is cachaça, which is made from sugarcane as opposed to rum, which is made with molasses. Early cachaças could be very harsh and so was mixed with lime and sugar to mask the taste.